Zelensky says Russia putting pressure on countries to shun peace summit

By Reuters
May 30, 2024
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gestures as he gives a press conference in Kyiv on February 24, 2023 on the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. —AFP

KYIV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that Russia was still trying to disrupt next month’s world “peace summit” devoted to the conflict with Russia and was putting pressure on countries to stay away from the gathering.


Zelensky wants the summit, scheduled for June 15-16 in Switzerland, to produce a front to exert pressure on Russia and advance his “peace formula” -- which calls for the withdrawal of Russian troops and the restoration of Ukraine’s 1991 borders.

In his nightly video address, Zelensky said “nearly 100 countries and international organisations” were now associated with “global efforts” to resolve the conflict.

“Russia will no longer be able to disrupt the summit although it is trying very hard to do so,” Zelensky said.

“It is putting pressure on leaders, openly threatening various countries with destabilisation. And this is one of the consequences of the world giving the terrorist state too much time.” He said officials from Ukraine’s government, parliament and other institutions were working to ensure maximum participation and make the summit “truly effective, which is needed to bring real peace closer”.